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Pre-electoral visit to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), comprising seven members and headed by Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), will carry out a pre-electoral visit to Skopje on 26-27 April, to assess the election campaign and political climate ahead of the early parliamentary elections on 5 June.

The delegation is due to meet the President of the Assembly and the Minister of the Interior. Talks are also scheduled with representatives of political parties running in the elections, the Chairman and members of the State Election Commission, the Public Prosecutor, as well as with members of the diplomatic community and representatives of international organisations, civil society and the media.

A full 22-member delegation from the Assembly will return to the country to observe the voting.

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Mr Schennach, Head of the delegation, will give a press conference on Thursday 28 April at 9.30 am at the Holiday Inn Hotel (Room Skala), Mosa Pijade Str.2, Skopje.

Members of the delegation:
Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), Head of the delegation
Frank J. Jenssen (Norway, EPP/CD)
Eerik-Niiles Kross (Estonia, ALDE)
Tom Packalén (Finland, EC)
Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL)
Lise Christoffersen (Norway, SOC) and Valeriu Ghiletchi (Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD), PACE co-rapporteurs for post-monitoring dialogue with “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”